Leap Day Becomes Creep Day- with Petrifying Peril from the "Monolith Monsters"!

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Tonight on MeTV- they want to rock all night and petrify every day ! We’re talking about some unearthly meteor fragments with the power to turn flesh into stone-  as these sinister shards  mutate into towers of destructive terror and become the "Monolith Monsters"!

This 1957 science fiction classic begins just as several other movies have- with a somewhat wayward meteor making a crash-landing in the arid desert. On impact, it smashes itself into thousands of pieces. When Ben, a local geologist, stops on a desert road to add water to his radiator, he spots an unusual fragment of stone that he can't identify-and, as any geologist would, decides to take the mystery rock discovery back to his office for further investigation. He gets back to his office with the fragment, where neither he nor local newspaper publisher Martin are able to identify it. Ben goes to sleep there-only to be awakened in the night by a major rainstorm! He notices something odd happening to that unidentified rock sample he left out in his office- and goes to get a closer look- which turns out to be a VERY bad idea.

The next day, Dave, the head of the federal geology office, makes a routine visit to Ben’s place – only to be met by a horrible sight!  The office looks like it has been demolished, with hundreds of strange rocks all over -and he is shocked to find his pal the geologist appears to have turned to stone! This mind-boggling discovery has him at a loss to figure out what has happened- or how a human could possibly be transformed into the equivalent of a statue!

Meanwhile, Dave’s girlfriend, Cathy- who is a teacher- has her class out on a field trip to the desert- where one of the kids picks up a black chunk of meteorite, and takes it home as a souvenir. While this is going on, an autopsy is being performed on Ben- as much of an autopsy as would be possible on a stone corpse- that yields no answers- resulting in the body being sent to a specialist. Dave returns to the shambles of the office along with Martin- who notices that the many pieces of rock scattered around look just like the single piece Ben found in the desert and was examining!

The office event is only the beginning-as Cathy recalls her student finding a similar fragment- leading to a frantic trip to the girl’s home and a horrible discovery. Soon the locals face more destruction, more odd stones- and more victims of strange petrification- and the shocking fact that some people who have had contact with the stones are actually slowly TURNING to stone! It falls to Dave and his girlfriend Cathy to enlist his old college professor in solving the riddle of what is happening- and how to stop it! Time is running out, as they have mere hours to find a cure for the victims who are transforming to stone- while the meteor rocks multiply, and begin growing - becoming towering stone pillars that grow, and then collapse, with their massive weight crushing anything in the vicinity. Inexplicably, the smashed rubble starts growing again, forming more towers that are slowly moving toward the populated areas. Will the monoliths continue to advance, wiping towns and their inhabitants out with pulverizing force?!

Most 1950s science fiction films seem to use atomic radiation as the source of a deadly menace- but this movie goes down a slightly different path, with the unique idea of inanimate objects becoming the monstrous threat- with a totally different cause. We’ll fill you in on the cast, which includes some recognizable actors- and rock your world with the usual Sven shtick- including bringing back a favorite commercial for an asteroid-avoiding product- and a vintage Sven song!

"Monolith Monsters" crash your TV set tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or check your local listings (or at for specific time and channel where you live. MeTV invites you to join the many folks on Twitter who live-Tweet during our show- often putting us among the highest trending topics during that time- using the hashtag #svengoolie .Chicago gets a second look at the Sven-shtick-filled “Mummy’s Curse” on the U- at the special time of 9 am, due to sports programming.

The Svengoolie Studio Set - featuring a Sven figure in traditional outfit, with his own coffin and rubber chicken- is selling rapidly in our store- make sure to check it out and order while we still have them in stock!

We continue our visit to the C2E2 comics and entertainment convention at Chicago’s McCormick Place today-where, from 12:10 to 12: 20 pm- you can get a “celebrity photo op” with me (check for availability). Following that, it’s a special Sven 40th Anniversary panel in Room S504 from 12:30 -1:30. We’ll do a final autograph session from 1:45 -2:45- (at table 1). . Due to the short session, we can only do ONE autograph per person. Yes, you CAN take a photo with me then at no cost! Since the autograph session is only an hour- try to get in line early, since they will have to cut the line off so we can end by our out time and make way for the next guest who will be taking over the table. You’ll also catch us out on the convention floor, shooting material for future shows, and we’ll make a stop at the CW 26 booth.

See you tonight on MeTV- where people who live in trashed houses should not grow stones!

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MADave 11 months ago
Do you think that the remaining cast members of THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW look back and say “we had class”!
MADave 11 months ago
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MADave StephanieStepStone 11 months ago
I still miss Tim and Harvey they were hysterical together
MADave 11 months ago
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MachineryPete10 11 months ago
I’m Hearing the perpetrator was apprehended and issued a $75 citation for Not having a valid Fishing License.
MachineryPete10 11 months ago
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MADave 11 months ago
Wow Jackie Coogan appeared on a lot of shows after being Fester on The Addams Family?
daleuhlmann MADave 11 months ago
Yes, and even before he played Uncle Fester. I saw him on a couple of Perry Mason episodes.
Catbat daleuhlmann 11 months ago
He was on the Brady Bunch twice.
Jack daleuhlmann 11 months ago
"The Case of the Shuddering Back Shooter”?
daleuhlmann Jack 11 months ago
That was one of them, I think.
daleuhlmann Catbat 11 months ago
Yes, he did.
daDoctah MADave 11 months ago
He was the title character in Charlie Chaplin's THE KID (1921), and in the following year's OLIVER TWIST. I've seen promotional tour footage of him with Chaplin, imitating the Little Tramp's walk, and in the actual Dickens pick, he similarly imitates Lon Chaney (senior!)'s Fagin. I always wonder if as an adult he kept up the practice of mimicking his co-stars.
DorisKarloff 11 months ago
JournalJeff2 DorisKarloff 11 months ago
A star & a half. Perfect fodder for Svengoolie!
DorisKarloff 11 months ago
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MADave 11 months ago
If Batman were airing today would he have a bat cell phone?
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Klaatu Jack 11 months ago
I didn’t know that either. Who knew??😳
Catbat Klaatu 11 months ago
Jack knew. Haha
Jack Catbat 11 months ago
Jack suspected (Superman had Krypto the Superdog)—the Interwebs knew!
Islander 11 months ago
Just remembered we lose an hour Sunday morning at 2 am. How does ME TV programming handle that switch over at 2 ? Will you diehard double shift bloggers have to put an extra hour in ?
Maybe they could compensate with a third hour of stooges.
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JournalJeff2 JournalJeff2 11 months ago
dot was suppose to be don`t. Fast fat fingers strike again.
daleuhlmann Lynn 11 months ago
So am, I, Lynn!
Meanwhile, here in Arizona where we don't *do* DST, the listings are all messed up for Sunday morning. Whatever show is normally scheduled at 1am gets left out, and then in the fall we get the same episode of the same 1am show listed twice (last year that was Lost in Space). Sometimes they actually show the same episode twice, other times they roll with the flow.
Catbat 11 months ago
Good Svengoolie Saturday Eve All!
Well off to work I go. Sick or not. Mostly sick. 9hrs of standing then home to wait for some Sven fun! Have a great day! I'll call my Dad tomorrow and give y'all an update. Thanks and keep those good vibes coming.
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Jack StephanieStepStone 11 months ago
Those diners also have really good fries and pancakes. Now the beer signs read "Auténtico como tu."
Jack JournalJeff2 11 months ago
And then there is the “Chihuahua sandwich.”

No Chihuahuas were harmed to make this sandwich!
Jack StephanieStepStone 11 months ago
El Comedor in George West is kaput. In its place is Agave Jalisco Restaurant, which is part of a small (5 locations) local chain. The owner is an Alaniz, so I think it’s owned by the same family. You can check out the street view in Google Maps to see if they kept the old building.
daDoctah Jack 11 months ago
How come the smallest dog in the world shares its name with the largest estado in Mexico?
Islander 11 months ago
Watched Fiend Without A Face last night. Noticed many familiar concepts from various sci fi movies in this flick. That would make a nice Sven movie also. Right up his alley.
The commentary mentioned the director was NOT enthusiastic about directing this film and some days would not show up on set only to quit before the movie was completed. The lead actor , Marshall Thompson , took over directing duties to finish the movie.
Lynn Islander 11 months ago
Sven has said in podcasts that he would love to get this for us. So who knows? Someday it just might happen.
Islander Lynn 11 months ago
Really ? Didn't know that. That would be great.
1MikeM Islander 11 months ago
Thanks Islander. I did not know that Thompson finished directing this movie. I've seen this movie. One of the cast members is Terry Kilburn as one of the Army Officers. Kilburn played Tiny Tim in the 1938 Christmas Carol.
Carl_N_Brown Islander 11 months ago
FIEND WITHOUT A FACE was an out-of-the-box movie like THE MONOLITH MONSTERS. Saw FIEND... as a kid at the drive-in on family night.

I love it when Svengoolie shows a movie I remember from my childhood. I hope distribution rights to FIEND... aren't held up in limbo.
daleuhlmann Islander 11 months ago
Good movie, Islander!
JournalJeff2 11 months ago
Happy Friday!
Have a Great Day & Take Care!!
The1Butler 11 months ago
I was listening to ground zero today and he was talking about the new invisible man movie , he said it was very good , and alot more , now I gotta go see it.
TheKodakKid The1Butler 11 months ago
Oh, I’m sorry, but I don’t think you’ll be able to see The Invisible Man.
The1Butler TheKodakKid 11 months ago
That's what the mummy wrap is for !
Klaatu The1Butler 11 months ago
Nice!! I listen to Ground Zero on my home from work. I loved tonight’s show mentioning the Sci-Fi movies I love. Good to know I’m not the only one out there listening to that show.
Islander The1Butler 11 months ago
Saw it last Sunday with the wife. You won't be disappointed. A good scare with some interesting twists.
The1Butler Islander 11 months ago
Right on ,I cant wait to go , but first i must get out of the salt mine .
The1Butler The1Butler 11 months ago
Tonight I'll finish listening to the invisible man episode.
daleuhlmann 11 months ago
This Saturday we'll find that big werewolves don't cry.
Jack daleuhlmann 11 months ago
🎶Don't cry-yi-yi🎶
daleuhlmann Jack 11 months ago
MADave 11 months ago
Hey gang I had a thought at work today I was wondering if MeTV ever aired Batman during the week Mon-Fri late afternoon/early evening hours?
daleuhlmann MADave 11 months ago
I think it was always Saturday nights, Dave, although half-hour Batman-Batgirl episodes did air briefly on weeknights as part of a "Summer of Me" about four or five years ago.
daDoctah 11 months ago
Suggestion for song parody for CRY OF THE WEREWOLF: Johnny Ray had a big hit with "Cry" in 1951 which got him a reputation as a crybaby. Godley & Creme (formerly 10cc) took an otherwise unrelated song with the same title to #16 in the US and #19 in the UK thirty-four years later:

Jack daDoctah 11 months ago
"Poor old Johnny Ray
Sounded sad upon the radio
But he moved a million hearts in mono.
Our mothers cried, sang along, who'd blame them?"
MADave daDoctah 11 months ago
Roy Orbison's crying would be a good song for this weekend?
PatS MADave 11 months ago
All good suggestions. I'm going with the gypsy angle -- "my little gypsy sweetheart." Note, I don't have a monopoly on satires -- yeah, 'Cry' or "Crying' have great possibilities. Glad to send along some satire tips. Go to it, guys and gals!
daDoctah PatS 11 months ago
Looking for the Godley & Creme video on YouTube also reminded me of Cleavant Derricks' character on "Sliders", Rembrandt "Cryin' Man" Brown, and how one episode showed an old video of him performing the song that got him the nickname, "Cryin' Like A Man" (and the fictitious followup, "Tears in My 'Fro").
Catbat PatS 11 months ago
I'll leave it to the professional, you.
TheKodakKid 11 months ago
Interesting article on the main MeTV website about Eight Time Travel Shows That Time Forgot. I remember a few of them, and thought they were good/enjoyable.

Wouldn’t mind seeing some of them land on Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night. Some are brief (only 1-2 seasons or less). Maybe they could be put in on a rotating basis.
daDoctah TheKodakKid 11 months ago
Fun fact about time-travel on TV: "My Favorite Martian" ran for three seasons, two in black and white and the third in color. Uncle Martin's time machine (the Centrifugal Chrono Time Break-o-Scope, or CCTBS for not especially short) was introduced in the penultimate episode of season two, in which Tim and Martin go back to 1215 and have to make sure the Magna Carta gets signed.

Eight more time-travel stories (including two set in the present with people brought forward from the past) followed out of a total of 32 in season three. The series finale, in fact, involved going back to 1626 and accidentally preventing the purchase of Manhattan from the Indians.
CarrieLynnCastro 11 months ago
Good morning🌷🐝
Our weather today
81* a warm nice day.
We are so dry have
to water my plants
they all have 🌸🌼🌹
Spring came early
this year and really
not much rain 🌂

Thank you Sven for
the explanation of
the odd thing on the blog 🤖
My gosh the days go
by so quick more
Sven 🕸 yay!

Busy busy days now
with March here it is time to think of the garden with the kids
they love that 👩‍🌾
I know they will run when they see 🙄 the big bugs come out
ha ha 🦎❣

Have a great day everyone 🦋
See you later 👻
gabste CarrieLynnCastro 11 months ago
Glad you got a new tv !
Islander CarrieLynnCastro 11 months ago
81 ? That would be nice to deal with right now. We are a ways away but I did have to mow my grass for the first time this week.
PatS 11 months ago
Re the comments below about fictional plagues: as I've mentioned, I have a collection of a couple dozen Plague Novels -- many variants on the basic plot, "The Bug Gets Out." Everything from classic lit (_Journal of the Plague Year_) to paperback potboilers (_Plague From Outer Space_). Not surprised that CONTAGION is suddenly in demand again. The biggest undercurrent IMO is that the germs or viruses won't play by any rules. You can't see them. They're hard to avoid, prevent or cure. Not always obvious where or how they started. And if they mutate it's Start Over. Novels also may have the various cudgels of experimentation, germ warfare, media hype, corrupt government, corrupt military, scientific hubris...

In the novels, all but a few end with "Science Triumphs Again." We want to believe that, don't we? In the movies, too, the baddies get vanquished -- supernatural (aliens, vampires, werewolves) or natural (viruses, giant creatures, volcanoes, experiments gone awry). We identify with the survivors, not the victims.
Jack PatS 11 months ago
..._Cronaca fiorentina_, _Danse Macabre_, _The Seventh Seal_, _Plagues and Peoples_, _A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century_, _Doomsday Book_, _Guns, Germs and Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years_...
PatS Jack 11 months ago
.Our two most modern "plagues" were AIDS and Legionnaire's Disease (both still out there). Luckily we figured out some of how they're spread, how to avoid and treat them. Nature keeps writing new rules, though.
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